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More Than a Valentine (Five Minute Friday)

Five Minute FridayGreetings all!

It’s that time again– yeppers, it’s Five Minute Friday time. At the end of each “work week,” I link-up with Lisa-Jo Baker for this writing exercise of glory. She gives us a prompt. We write for five minutes. Without over thinking. Simply free and uninhibited.

I never know what is going to happen. (But these precious words from God rarely disappoint!)

So let’s get started and see what Jesus has to say via my fingertips today…

PROMPT: Beloved

Andddd GO! 

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Yesterday was Valentine’s Day. (For those of you out there who might have forgotten or inadvertently blocked that fact from your mind, I will give you a few moments to panic and go order something for your sweetheart via Amazon.)

Ok. Back with me? Great.

Anywho, yesterday was Valentine’s Day– the day that many married/inarelationship women dream about, the day that married/inarelationship men sigh exasperatedly about and the day that many singles dread.

Good times.

My darling husband and I don’t really celebrate/recognize Valentine’s Day. He says it’s too commercialized… and I have to say I somewhat agree. Plus, being an army family, we (ok I) have trained myself not to get too hung up on the “dates” of the year that we are “supposed” to be romantic considering yesterday was the first time in our entire relationship we were actually in the same zip code for Vday. But I digress.

Speaking of romance, my husband and I have nicknames for each other. (No, not pooky and schnookums.) He calls me “Lover” and I call him “Beloved.” (Yes, taken from Song of Solomon.) It’s a special bond we share.

But even more special than our sweet nicknames that we share with each other is the love-filled, never-ending name that God calls us. AND what He calls YOU.

He calls us Beloved. With a capital B. (Because we are THAT special to Him!)

God calls us Beloved because He cares of us. He shaped and formed us. He has plans for us. He adores us. He is patient with us when we mess up. He pursues us. He protects us. He provides for us.

He calls us Beloved because we are His. He loves us. All we have to do to fully experience this is accept His invitation.

Have you taken any time lately to reflect on how much God REALLY loves you? It’s true. You are His Beloved. He wants you to Be His from here to eternity. His love isn’t glued to a single date on the calendar in February. He offers it to you daily. It doesn’t wilt like flowers to tarnish like jewelry or run out like chocolates.

His love for His Beloved (ahem, YOU) is eternal. He gave His Son for you. Me.  ALL OF US.

Because when it comes to God’s love… You are worth more than any Valentine.

You. Are. BELOVED.

STOP

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Thoughts? Feedback? How does God show that He loves you each day? Have you responded to His invitation to Be His forever? I would love to hear from each of you Beloved Children of God… Leave a comment below if you feel so moved 🙂

Blessed to Be Beloved,
SGK

“Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders.” ~Deuteronomy 33:12

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Lesson of Love

It was the day of the year I dreaded the most.

No algebra exam or P.E. class mile run could rival the distaste I felt. My stomach would be in knots, my heart heavy, my head swimming.

It was Valentine’s Day in high school. (DUM, DUM, DUM…)

Just typing that sentence made me wrinkle my nose a little bit. But before you think I am gonna be sippin’ on some Valentine’s Day Hatorade (get it? Hater? Gatorade?)  let me explain my perspective.

See, I never dated anyone in high school. Actually, I never dated anyone until the last 40 days of college. And that cool dude became my husband. I sure don’t regret the way things worked out… but Valentine’s Day in high school still kinda sucked for us singles.

The morning would start out ok. But as the day wore on… things went downhill. At the end of the hallway was the school admin office. With huge clear glass windows. It was unavoidable to notice the changes of that stinkin’ countertop’s contents with each passing class.

It would start slowly. Maybe with one rose in a vase. Then a few teddy bears were added to the mix. Some balloons showed up, followed by the influx of flowers that would make wedding flowers seem pathetic. By the time that final bell rang at 3:10pm, the office was overflowing with candy, trinkets, floral arrangements… and the giddy girls who received them.

(Sidenote: Flowers are ridiculously expensive. I am not sure where these high school boys were working and/or getting their allowance from, but I sure would have appreciated a job application to rake in that kind of dough when I was 16.)

Obviously, I was never on the receiving end of those extravagant gifts. As I stomped to my car, past the groups of clucking flower/balloon/chalky heart recipients, thoughts swirled through my head, ranging from “poor, poor, pitiful me” to “I bet if I catch that heifer off guard, I could grab her box of chocolates and make a break for it.”

Fortunately, my Mama raised me with self-control and I never did anything too irrational during my brief moments of pity, jealousy and annoyance.

AND…  I am super happy to report that I really don’t feel the same way about Valentine’s Day anymore. Not because I have a husband, but because I am really not too attached to “dates” and “holidays” on the calendar. (Honestly, my husband is the Anti-Valentine’s Dayer… he thinks it’s some commercialized made up holiday. Spoken like a true man, right?)

My semi-indifference to Valentine’s Day is an acquired army wife skill. Today marks the third Valentine’s Day that my beloved and I aren’t together. And honestly… I’m ok with it. Due to his career in the army, we’ve missed varying numbers of Valentine’s Day, Christmas, Thanksgiving, 4th of July, birthdays, etc. (Fortunately, he was present at our wedding. Whew.)

I don’t need flowers, chocolates, balloons or teddy bears from him. If I want flowers, I buy some cheap ones for myself. I don’t need chocolate… period. (Minus the stash in the top of my pantry.) Balloons are a little inconvenient, and who needs a teddy bear when you have an adorable Baby Dog? (Plus, I have a “date” tonight with one of my good girl friends and her kids… Complete with a recipe for chocolate avocado mousse. I will report back on that one after we see how it turns out.)

All I need for Valentine’s Day… well, any day for that matter… is my ultimate bridegroom… Jesus.

This goes for all us– single, dating, married, together or separated by duty. Christ is the ultimate romancer. His love is everlasting and eternal. He woos us, sweeping us off our feet! Jesus didn’t give us chalky candy hearts or an expensive bouquet of flowers… He gave us HIS LIFE.

So for everyone out there that is celebrating Valentine’s Day today, I go for it. That’s awesome. Romance rocks. But regardless of your relationship status, remember the most important love relationship…

Our relationship with Jesus… He loves us unconditionally, always keeps His promises, and gave up His Life for us.

Yep. That’s the ultimate lesson of love.

Sharing the Love,

SGK

“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life.” — John 3:16 (MSG) 

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